Douglas Doeden

April 2, 1944 ~ December 9, 2020 (age 76)


Services for Douglas Doeden, of Groton will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, December 19th at Groton Area School Arena.  Rev. Charlie Bunk and Pastor Kari Foss will officiate.  Burial will follow in Union Cemetery, Groton under the direction of Paetznick-Garness Funeral Chapel, Groton.  Services will be live streamed on GDILIVE.COM and will also be broadcast on GDIRADIO at 89.3FM within one mile of Groton.

Private visitation will be held on Friday at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with a prayer service at 6:00 p.m.  One hour of public visitation will be held prior to services on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020 Doug Doeden, loving husband and father of four children, 14 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren passed away at the age of 76.

Doug was born to Harris Oliver and Jennie Doeden in Sibley, Iowa on April 2, 1944.  He moved to a farm located in the Lake Wilson, Minnesota area at the age of 10 with his parents and siblings.  Doug attended country school and finished his education at Lake Wilson High School.  After graduation he farmed with his dad and worked at the Lake Wilson lumberyard.   On November 6, 1965 he married Arlis Nepp.  Doug and Arlis along with their family moved to Slayton, Minnesota in 1970 where Doug began employment with UBC Lumberyard.  In 1972 Doug and his family moved to Groton, SD where he was manager of the lumberyard in Groton.  He continued to work at the S & S Lumberyard for Larry Schelle until he retired due to health reasons.   Doug and Arlis raised two sons, Troy and Toby, and two daughters, Jodi and Jill.

Doug had a passion for many sports activities.  He was awarded best supporting fan while attending high school.  His love of sports continued throughout his life within his family and community. Doug coached youth basketball and enjoyed every minute.  He loved his family and friends with a passion and never tired of spending time with his grandchildren.  Doug loved playing and winning Euchre.  He also enjoyed house renovation and remodeled several homes in Groton.  In 1996 Doug and Arlis, and their son Toby and his wife Liz opened Paints n’ More and after purchasing the old bank building added Olde Bank Christmas Shoppe to the mix.  Doug truly enjoyed his years in this business. 

Doug’s friends and family enjoyed his quick wit and unusual way of communicating.  Groton transit became a very important pillar in his life.  Doug loved his years of service to the community transit. Driving the bus for the children was a highlight for him as well as being part of the “transit coffee crew”.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, Harris Oliver and Jennie and brother Kevin Doeden, mother and father-in-law Una and Mahlon Nepp.  He is survived by his wife Arlis of 55 years, his children, Jodi (Ward) Votapka, Troy (Chris) Doeden, Jill (Bob) Sheehan, Toby (Liz) Doeden, 14 grandchildren, 2 great-granddaughters, and extended family Pam and Brad Hanson, Thomas Cranford, Nelly and Lukas Kustura.  He is also survived by brothers Harris (Linda) Doeden, Keith Doeden, sisters Pat (Bob) Idzorik and Peg (Harvey) Erstad and sister-in-law Sandy Doeden.

Pallbearers will be Chase McKittrick, Connor McKittrick, Camden Hurd, Jackson Doeden, Oliver Doeden,  Cade Sheehan, Thomas Cranford, Jonathan Doeden and Calder Sheehan.                                                       

Honorary Pallbearers will be Jim Ackman, Dave Blackmun, Jerry Bjerke, Gary Heitmann, Jay Johnson, Marc Johnson, Dave McGannon, Gordon Nelson, Tyke Nyberg, Randy Stanley and John Wheeting.

Honorary Pallbearers also include his granddaughters, Sophie Doeden, Josie Doeden, Grace Doeden, Carma Sheehan Townsend, Jennie Doeden and Audrey Doeden.           


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